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June 16, 2013

Around the region

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Worcester police investigating deaths

WORCESTER — Police say they’re investigating the deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies they found in a Worcester home as a case of apparent murder-suicide.

Around 11:35 p.m. Friday, officers discovered both dead of apparent gunshot wounds in a Lamar Avenue home after a woman asked police to check on her friend’s welfare.

Police didn’t identify the victims, saying next-of-kin notifications weren’t finished.

But they said the woman, who was 47, and the man, who was 42, had been dating for a while.

Police didn’t say what evidence they seized.

But they said officers found a side door unlocked, the home’s lights on, and two vehicles in the driveway when they arrived and met the concerned friend.

Police went inside after their knock at the door went unanswered.

Police: Man in wheelchair killed

SOMERSET — Police are looking for a motorist who fled a crash in Somerset that killed a man in a wheelchair.

Authorities say the hit-and-run happened around 11:43 p.m. Friday on Read Street near Southway Drive.

Investigators said at first that the suspect’s vehicle could be a gray Toyota, possibly a Corolla with damage to its right front end.

Later Saturday, they said further investigation led them to focus on finding a Toyota Avalon manufactured between 1997 and 1999.

Authorities identified the deceased as 65-year-old local resident James Moore, who lived about a quarter-mile from the crash scene.

Somerset Police Chief Joseph Ferreira called him a kind, well-known man who recently sought him out a town meeting to say he supported the police.

NH man charged in toddler’s death

SOMERSWORTH — A New Hampshire man has been arrested in connection with the death of a 2-year-old child.

Authorities say 30-year-old Jared Pope of Somersworth has been charged with manslaughter in the death of Noah York.

Police and emergency personnel were called to a Somersworth apartment on Friday evening where they found child in distress. Police say the child was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Authorities say an autopsy conducted Saturday determined that the cause of death was smothering.

Pope is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.

It’s unclear if he’s being represented by a lawyer.

Army names Ranger killed in mishap

ATLANT — The U.S. Army has identified a Ranger who died in an apparent parachuting mishap as a 21-year-old from Massachusetts.

Pfc. Christopher P. Dona was found dead Thursday with parachute cords wrapped around his neck during a training exercise at Fort Stewart in southeast Georgia.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fatality. Army officials said they are investigating the incident.

The combat veteran was a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment based at Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia. Lt. Col. Robert Harman called Dona an excellent Ranger “who consistently displayed great courage and strength — a true warrior.”

Dona was from Dudley, Mass. He returned from his first deployment to Afghanistan last month.

Police: NH spa robbed at knifepoint

LACONIA, N.H. — Police in the New Hampshire town of Laconia are investigating the report of an armed robbery at a local spa.

Police say a man wearing a mask and reportedly armed with a knife demanded money from the Laconia Spa on Friday night and then ran away.

Authorities say a witness chased the man and watched him get into a vehicle. The witness then chased the vehicle to Blueberry Lane where the man got out and fled into the woods.

State Police and search dogs searched the area but did not find the suspect. Police say car matching the description of the getaway car was stopped and the driver is being questioned.

—Associated Press